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March 5, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The Christian Science Monitor Joins ProQuest Historical Newspaper Project

Bell & Howell's Information and Learning unit ( and The Christian Science Monitor have announced an agreement that will bring all of the Monitor's back issues to the Web through the ProQuest online information service. The agreement allows for Bell & Howell to digitize the Monitor's archives—approximately 1 million pages—and to distribute the resulting database to educational institutions and libraries around the world.

The Christian Science Monitor digital backfile will be part of Bell & Howell's ProQuest Historical Newspapers project. Beginning with the Monitor's first issue in 1908, the database will cover the entire run of the newspaper. Monitor articles since 1980 have been available online for several years through the newspaper's Web site ( and other electronic databases; the Bell & Howell project will make the page images available for the first time. In addition, Bell & Howell will continue to microfilm the paper and offer its full run in microform. The Christian Science Monitor is the third prestigious newspaper to join this project, with agreements already in place for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. [For more information, see Paula J. Hane's January 15, 2001 NewsBreak at]

Source: Bell & Howell Information and Learning

NewsEdge Content to Be Added to Data Downlink’s Portal B

NewsEdge Corp. (, a provider of syndicated content services and electronic publishing technologies for business, has announced an alliance with Data Downlink Corp. (, a provider of Internet-based online information services. Under the terms of the agreement, Data Downlink will add syndicated news from NewsEdge into its premier service, Portal B ( Portal B customers will be able to choose from NewsEdge topic-based content drawn from more than 2,000 business sources. Through a combination of sophisticated technology and human editorial review, NewsEdge refines and delivers highly targeted topics, integrated with any Data Downlink customer portal.

Portal B, a fully integrated business information portal, is a comprehensive collection of Internet sites that are content-rich with business information. All sites are hand-selected, hand-indexed, and hand-reviewed by information professionals. Portal B allows users to search across these sites by keyword and by categories. Portal B technology locates and identifies information inside Adobe PDF documents and HTML tables embedded in Web pages that can be launched into spreadsheets. Portal B also provides a screening facility that allows users to identify public companies meeting specific criteria, search premium databases, and integrate proprietary data that their company has published.

Source: NewsEdge

Luce Online Launches Television Monitoring Service

Luce Online ( has announced the launch of First Alert Broadcast Service, its broadcast television monitoring system. This service tracks over 3,000 television broadcasts from more than 100 media markets and delivers mentions within an hour of programming.

First Alert Broadcast Service will allow clients to view their television mentions via the Web. They can log in to a password-protected site to see at a glance the number of news mentions received nationally and locally. Each individual mention further includes the broadcast date and time, market, station, affiliate, program name, duration of mention, and the viewership. The service also provides clients with a value of each mention determined by a scale similar to that used when determining advertising equivalency. According to information on the site, Luce Online captures the closed caption to monitor news programs. Pricing is listed as $300 per month for up to three search criteria; scripts are $3 each regardless of length. E-mail alerts are available for an additional fee of $50 per month.

Source: Luce Online

[Editor's Note: According to Burrelle's (, a leading provider of broadcast monitoring services that offers e-mail alerts with verbatim broadcast transcripts, using closed captioning sometimes presents problems with phonetics and can miss providing full context and some spoken text, such as ad lib material. Another service that offers television monitoring using closed captioning is Infonautics' Company Sleuth (, which has a co-branding agreement with TVEyes (—PJH]

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